Do I need a tree surgeon?
January 11, 2011 10:26 AM Subscribe
My neighbor hit my tree with his car. Do I go to Home Depot or call a specialist?
posted by Buffaload to home & garden (13 answers total)
Very nice neighbor just told me he hit my tree with his Buick. I heard the boom but didn't realize what had happened. He's OK, but looks heartbroken about his Buick (completely smushed the front corner panel) and my tree. I refer to it as "the birch tree," but only because the bark is white. I don't really know what species it is. It's a "V" shape and the arm of the "V" that he hit is about 8 inches in diameter. He hit it hard enough where I thought a sheet of ice had slid off the roof when I heard it, and there's about a 2-inch long, maybe half-inch deep gouge about a foot off the ground. He's already offered to make me whole on this situation (he was using my driveway to turn around, and somehow his foot slipped off the brake pedal.). If this is the matter of spending a few bucks at Home Depot and doing some patching, then I'm not going to mention it to him. But my fiancee loves this tree and if we need it removed or replaced or some serious intervention, we're going to have to ask him to pay for it.
So -- where do I begin?